It is very normal to see behavior changes after lower spine surgery. If they last longer than 3 to 4 weeks, call your doctor. Some examples of behavior changes include bedwetting, acting out, or thumb sucking; changes in sleep and eating patterns; or nightmares. Make sure you comfort your child and help him feel safe. Understand that your child's routine has been upset by surgery. Being patient with your child will help reduce these changes.
Russell McKenna, MD
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How can I help make sure my child takes his medication at school?
Your child may need medications, snacks, or treatments at school. Share the instructions from the medical team with school personnel. Include this information on your child's Individualized Health Care Plan.
You can make plans for your child to store supplies at school. Most schools will not allow students to give themselves medicines at school; however, they will arrange for the school nurse or other trained personnel to give medicines. Teach your child to check the medicine dosage each time before taking it. Students should remind school personnel when medicines or treatments are late. Schools are busy places, and it is possible that doses or treatments could be accidentally overlooked.
Ask medical caregivers to help update your child's student health care forms every year or when medical needs change. If your child's medications change, the school must have a written order to change medications. School personnel can provide helpful feedback about your child's performance related to medication changes.
Can food coloring hurt my child?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredThink twice about artificial dyes. One study shows that six artificial dyes may influence the hyperactivity and attention spans of some sensitive kids. Steer clear of Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #3, Red #40, Blue #1, Blue #2, Green #3, and Orange B on ingredient labels. We like food that looks like it did when it came from the ground.
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